Teams of walkers donned colorful t-shirts, carried signs and danced to music while warming up for Moving Day Twin Cities, an event to benefit the Parkinson's Foundation of Minnesota. The Walk is in its 25th year and held for the first time at the Hilde Center in Plymouth.
"You fight for Parkinsons, you are therefore circled," said Bert Blyleven to the crowd.
The former Twins ballplayer turned broadcaster supports Moving Day and the National Parkinson Foundation in memory of his father who had the disease.
"I hope that the money we raise here today will hopefully one day find a cure for a disease that took my dad's life," said Blyleven.
Many people are walking in memory of someone they love. Ernie Gershone is walking in memory of his father and also in honor of his residents, who live at the Golden LivingCenter Twin Rivers.
"There's no cure. It's a progressive disease that only gets worse," said Gershone. "So anything we can do to further research toward better treatment and earlier cure is going to be a great thing."
Tammy Selvog says a cure has been the focus of this walk since the beginning. She helped start the walk 25 years ago with her father Ken Larson, who later died from the disease.
"I hope my dad is smiling down at me because 25 years ago [the walk] was on a piece of paper of who came and what they donated. It started at Ridgedale Mall and I couldn't tell you how many people were there," said Selvog. "Our ultimate goal is a cure, so many people are affected by this disease not only here in Minnesota."
Preliminary numbers show Moving Day exceeded the expectations of organizers. Volunteers raised more than $174,000 for the National Parkinson Foundation of Minnesota, which was $15,000 beyond their goal. More than 2,000 people participated in the event. Donations are still accepted.